Energy, Catalysis, Environmental Sustainability, Functional Nanomaterials


Tangi Akauola

December 7, 2021 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Tangi is from Richmond Virginia, but his family immigrated from the pacific island of Tonga. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University for undergrad. He is pursuing a PhD in chemistry and interested in the field of inorganic chemistry and clean energy applications. He enjoys road trips, trying new restaurants and weight lifting. His favorite food is sushi or a good steak.

Liyue Zhang

March 8, 2021 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Liyue grew up in Shanxi, China. She received a B.S in Chemistry from Lanzhou University. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading fiction, watching movies and dancing

Pyung Lee

September 9, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Pyung is a third year undergraduate student from Centreville, Virginia. He is majoring in chemical engineering and minoring computer science. He is interested in renewable energy and sustainability. Outside of school, he likes to play the drums and spends time with family and friends.

Daniel Tarr

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Daniel was born and raised in Stafford, Virginia until transferring to UVA in 2019. Transferring in as a third year he declared B.S Chemistry and is on track to graduate in May 2021. His guided research for the Zhang Lab includes controlled synthesis of nanoparticles for clean energy applications. In his free time, Dan enjoys hiking, traveling, and watching tv shows.

Kayvon Samdani

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Kayvon Samdani is a member of the class of 2023 from Alexandria, VA. He plans to major in biology. As well as an undergrad researcher, Kayvon is a member of the Sigma Phi fraternity, an executive board member of the College Council, and a racer on the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team.

Paul Bean

September 8, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Paul Bean is a fourth year Chemistry student from Falls Church, Virginia. He is pursuing an ACS certified B.S. in Materials Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. In his free time, he is an amateur geologist, stargazer, guitarist, cook, dog enthusiast, Cookout quesadilla enjoyer, and hiker extraordinaire.

Sherry He

September 5, 2020 -- Shen-Wei Yu

Sherry is a third year Chemistry student from Richmond, VA. She is majoring in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry, with a minor in Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, listening to music, and spending time with friends. 

Shinning Wang

January 29, 2020 -- pmg2vy

Shining Wang is a third year undergraduate student from Guangzhou, China. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering and Statistics with a concentration in econometrics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and watching TV shows.

Shen-Wei Yu

January 2, 2020 -- pmg2vy

Shen-Wei grew up in Yilan, Taiwan. In May 2009, he received a B.S. in Chemistry from The Citadel. In Aug 2012, he joined Prof. Chen-Bin Wang’s group at Chung Cheng Institute of Technology for steam reforming of ethanol, and he received his M.S. in Chemical Engineering in Jun 2014. In the Zhang lab he has begun work on CO2 hydrogenation. 

Joshua Gibson

September 24, 2019 -- pmg2vy

Joshua Gibson is a third year Chemistry student from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is pursuing a 3+1 BS in Chemistry and an MA in Chemistry. Joshua also plays viola in the Charlottesville Symphony, and in his spare time, enjoys playing soccer and running.


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